SABC spokesperson Paul Setsetse has resigned, citing "personal reasons" for his decision to leave the corporation, the broadcaster said.

Setsetse was suspended after he issued a statement about why the SABC had not aired the heckling of Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at a Women's Day rally in Newcastle.

Setsetse said at first that the SABC's freelance cameraman had only arrived at the event after the booing. But commercial broadcaster e.tv had footage showing that the cameraman was present.

Setsetse said in a statement on Thursday that he deemed it time to pursue his personal and business interests.

SABC chief executive Dali Mpofu accepted Setsetse's resignation.

"He has served the public with integrity, but he has persuaded me that he now would want to enjoy a quieter and more private life and hopefully some prosperity," said Mpofu.

"In accepting his resignation, I know I speak for all at the SABC when I say he will remain a trusted friend of the institution. We sincerely wish him well." - Sapa